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Bon-Bon - 1999
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1999 page spun off.
Pictures from Comics Bon-Bon
Bon-Bon is a monthly manga "phonebook" magazine with several color pages of
ads for toy and TV tie-in stuff. Average issue is about two inches (5cm)
A note on the name of the magazine: my translator friend says that the
Japanese transliterates best to "Bon-Bon," as in the sweet treat. However,
in the logo itself is the phrase "Bom-Bom" inside a circle made to look like
a cartoon bomb with fuse. Looks like they're going for a multi-level pun.
It's a treat, like a bon-bon, but explosive like a bomb.
More Transmetal II toys coming in, including Megadrac and Blackarachnia.
Given how fast they're cranking in the U.S. toys, either they plan to get the
Beast Machines stuff almost immediately there, or there's another new batch
of Japanese-exclusive toys in the pipeline soon. To the right is another pic
of Rattrap from the manga...and he's getting no better treatment int he
dubbed cartoon, from what I hear. He has an annoying-little-kid voice,
whines a lot, says "Chu!" as part of his transformation ("chu" is what
Japanese mice say rather than "squeak") and at one point he and Cheetor
repeatedly say "Pika!" ("Shiny!" literally) to each other regarding their
Transmetalized forms. Yep, they're pushing hard to make Rattrap over into a
- Manga Summary: "Bad Spark" gets retold with Rampage
being even scarier, if that's possible. Convoy ends up missing a big chunk
of his body mass by the end. Also, Jaguar makes his debut!
- Blackarachnia's Block: Here's the somewhat
suggesting panel I mentioned in the manga summary. If you don't get
why this is suggestive, you're probably not old enough that I'd wanna
explain it to you. :)
- Jaguar: Kickin' it Chow Yun Fat style with
both guns blazing. Hoo ha!
- Dinozone: Two new figures, albeit only as
CG designs, not the actual toys yet. A better ptero-type figure, and a
really lame one which basically transforms by popping open the back and
having a robotic upper body sit up from inside the beast mode.
Metals is in full swing, as the Metals manga starts. Looks like Japan will
be getting TMII Prowl, Jawbreaker, Optimus Minor, Scourge and Iguanas in
stores soon, but not the other Basics or Deluxes in TMII. Megadrac is coming
soon. The manga interpretation of the characters is...weird. I'll mainly be
doing scans of the manga this month, plus some recolors of Convoy and
Megatron and another transforming Digimon.
- Manga Summary: Convoy has died to stop the alien
planetkiller weapon, and Megatron has taken advantage of this by building an
army of sparkless drones. Can Rhinox bring back Convoy's spark in time to
save the dwindling number of Cybertrons?
- Megatron X: Missed this the first time
around, just now adding it the day before I get the December issue. This is
Megatron X, the final boss in the N64 Beast Wars Metals game. It's a golden
version of Transmetal Megatron, with the addition of wings. Sort of a
halfway step between TM Megs and TMII Megs.
- Blackarachnia: Leaping in to attack, it's the
- Rattrap: What the slag? Yes, this is
supposed to be Transmetal Rattrap in beast mode. Gah.
- Metals Convoy and Airazor: Convoy is
splitting open Metals Terrorsaur's head while Airazor sits cutely and
helplessly on his shoulder.
- Recolored Metals Leaders: Exclusive
recolors of Mega-size Transmetal Convoy and Megatron. Not scanned, but on
the same page are pictures of the Transmetal II's mentioned above.
- Digimon: Another transforming Digimon
toy. It appears to use a lot of clever backpack-hiding and limb-sheathing to
change a reddish bug into a blue one.
Well, the BW Neo manga wraps up this month with a bang, as one might expect.
Plus, Metals Ravage pics! There's also pics from the N64 game, but so small
and blurry they're not worth scanning. Megadrac seems to be the final
- Manga Summary: Unicron has a body, and the combined
might of the Cybertron and Destron fleets is as nothing against it! But Big
Convoy has this really big sword....
- Some Metals: Scans of three of the most
changed Transmetals. Rampage's back is rather different, Rhinox has gunmetal
instead of teal chrome, and Airazor's all orangey. Changes not scanned
because they're not apparent from the scans: Tarantulas's eyes "fixed" to
look like the cartoon, Quicksilver's orange bits are more yellow now.
- Ravage!: A remold of TM Cheetor, with the
beast head turning into the robot head. Extra arms are clamped on as
undercarriage junk, and the barrels of his palm-mounted guns form hip
launchers. Note the Decepticon symbol. Like most of the Metals figures, his
techspec card has one of those motion gimmicks, switching between three
images (not shown in the scan): a 'Con symbol, G1 Megatron's face and a Pred
symbol. Other Metals have the three views being of their three modes.
- Unicron Revealed!: Another spoilerish
picture, you might wanna read the manga summary before looking at it, as it
shows Unicron's true self.
Into full swing with Metals, which are basically just Transmetals and some
Fuzors, all of which are pictured elsewhere on my page. There don't seem to
be any significant color changes, either. So, instead, I'll show a bunch of
DinoZone pics after the manga stuff.
- Manga Summary: Coming into the final stretch! The
Angolmois has all been collected, and now it's time for the capsules to hit
- The Big Reveal!: This is the final two-page
splash from the manga episode. If you don't wanna be spoiled, read the
- DinoZone Stuff
- Dueling Tyrannos: DinoTyranno uses Shieldsaurus
and Swordsaurus while his evil counterpart uses Drillsaurus. See the TV
Magazine page for pictures of the three weaponsaurs in beast and robot modes.
- More Weaponsaurs: A CG picture of the evil
tyranno using Drillsaurus, plus a picture of Drillsaurus and Shieldsaurus
putting Swordsaurus (a Pachycephalosaur) to use as a battering ram.
- Nightwing: A batlike creature that can bond to
Giganodragon in the big guy's robot and dragon modes, giving him a pair of
wings (see below for an enlargement of the inset pics of Giganodragon).
- Giganodragon with Nightwing: The inset pics.
- DinoZaurs Megas: Prizes in a contest, I'm
guessing, these are pictures of the "Mega" scale (they're listed as 8.5"
size, but I bet none of them are that exact height) DinoZaurs in
- Toys With Candy: Little statues of some of the
characters, no doubt sold with candy.
Not much in the way of new pictures, as the next line to come out in Japan is
the Metals (with some Fuzors). Oddly, they're selling both TM and TMII
Cheetors at the same time. TMII Cheetor is sold as Shin (New) Cheetas.
The bug thingy to the right is apparently one of Magmatron's spies in the
- Manga Summary: Longrack overcomes a crisis in
confidence while Corahda faces a reminder of his tragic past. And the
Blentrons arrive! (Blendtrons, Blentrons, whatever.)
- Scuba Temple: As a result of their infusion
with Gaea's Good Angolmois power, the original BWII crew each gained the
ability to turn organic life into Transformers. Scuba created Corahda's
race, and is revered by them as a god.
- Shin Convoy: A cutaway diagram of Shin (New)
Convoy, aka Optimal Optimus.
- "Galvacron": My name for Unicron in
control of Galvatron's body. Unicron is the master of the Blentrons, and it
was his power that was held deep within Gaea as Angolmois. A civilization
arrived on Gaea and tried to harness that power, but it nearly destroyed them
and they abandoned the planet. Now Unicron's energy is free, and he's
sending the Blentrons to collect it for him....
The coming of the Blendtrons, a third faction in the Beast Wars Neo! They
get a new faction symbol, seen to the right.
- Manga Summary: Stampy must learn to overcome one of
his many fears, because Big Convoy's too busy fighting Magmatron to bail him
- Magmatron steps out: From the manga. Maybe
Magmatron's trying out to be Jack Kirby's model?
- Stampy Moonsault!: One of the climactic
pages from the manga.
- Blendtrons: Off to the upper left is Shin
Convoy (New Convoy), aka Optimal Optimus. Skyshadow is recolored as
Drancron, Torca is recolored as Elephaorca and freaky-boy Injector is left
the same but called Raatoraata, a name no one seems to be able to figure out.
Survive, Killerpunch and the various toy gun things are in this issue, plus
some good shots of Dinozone's Ceratops Brothers and some new Microman. The
pic to the right is a scene from the manga, where Big Convoy's beast head
gives him some backtalk.
- Manga Summary: The Crisis of Infinite Clones! Sand
- Survive and Killerpunch: Remakes of Polar
Claw and Guiledart respectively. Killerpunch loses the "play dead" head in
exchange for being able to launch his head, but he still has the "meaty
gobbets" panels in his sides.
- Gun toys: A better shot of Break's signal bird
gun thing (it also has a removable claw weapon), plus another gun which at
first glance looks like a pingpong gun. But it doesn't seem to fire the
ball. Rather, the ball is launched down the tube and then hits something
which makes sound and light.
- Superdeformed Magmatron and Big
Convoy: Dunno if these come fully painted or not, a picture in TV
Magazine showed them with very little color.
- The Sorta-Heroic Trio!: A shot from the manga,
of Break, Heinrad and Stampy getting ready to kick sand.
- The Ceratops Brothers: These seem to
actually be toy pictures of the new DinoZone figures. The two red ones are
the arms, the gold one is everything else (and four times as expensive). The
gold guy has sword-swinging action feature. Maybe these'll hit stores here
- Microman "Bug" transforming vehicles: These have pull-back motors for
their vehicle modes, and also seem to be able ot walk on their own once you
wind them up in robot mode. They have weapon modes for attaching to the
shoulders of the big guys, and those also have some kind of motorized
action. Cute little buggers.
The second wave of BW Neo is here in force, with this issue focusing on the
six new toys (Killerpunch and Survive aren't in this issue). There's also a
bit of new Dinozone stuff.
- Manga Summary: Everyone gets whomped pretty equally,
and Corahda gets a chance to shine for a bit. And Big Convoy comes in at the
end and saves the day again...I sense a disturbing trend here.
- Archadis and Mach Kick: Anime style,
Archadis is attacking Mach Kick and Big Convoy (which is a Big Mistake on the
part of Archadis).
- Archadis toy: It looks like the little
vestigal claws on its wings can be launched out like missiles, but are
attached to the wings...sort of an echo of Polar Claw's claw attack. They
seem to have given up on the camoflage mode.
- Mach Kick toy: The thing at the bottom is
part of what seems to be an attack mode, a mode so pathetic I didn't bother
trying to include it all.
- Hardhead: This seems to be the final color
scheme of the toy. Note the ramming action head in the inset. Open his
oddly toothy mouth (he's a herbivore) and the top of the head pops up.
- Bazooka: Nifty ankylosaur.
- The Ceratops Brothers: Bandai continues to
try and rip off Takara by introducing a combiner team of brothers (Jointron
Brothers, si?) for Dinozone. This issue doesn't show the combined form, just
these shots of the individuals. I suspect the beast modes are computer
mockups, but the robot modes look like actual toys.
Not a lot of new pictures for the toys, so I filled in the blanks with some
fun pics from the manga. First, though, a few notes on pictures I didn't
scan: Optimus Minor is being released as a promo, with the same name as here
(or as close as transliteration can get it); Microman will have a big
Playstation playset that turns into a base and looks like a cross between a
PSX and an iMac. The image to the right of this paragraph (assuming you're
not using Lynx, then it's above) is from the manga. I call the character
BirdConvoy, but have left in his name so anyone who knows Japanese can tell
me if I'm right. Turns out the real name is CrowConvoy, which I kinda
suspected...but I like the sound of BirdConvoy better.
- Manga Summary: Big Convoy is assigned a completely
green unit, and sets them to work training. But he doesn't keep a close eye
on them, and they get into trouble.
- The Matrix: Open up Big Convoy's chest, and
out pops his Matrix, woo!
- Second Wave Neo: The next six toys slated to
come out: Mach Kick, Archadis, Hardhead, Bump, Sharpedge and Bazooka. Robot
- Gameboy Color Screenshots: Finally, some
decent, fairly large shots of this in full color. A game in the Street
Fighter tradition, with fighting sequences broken up by skill/endurance
tests. Almost tempted to get it, but I'd also have to get a Gameboy, making
the total price of the purchase well over $100...and I doubt the game is
worth that much. }->
- Kill Da Wabbit.... Stampy has a very bad day in the manga installment,
he probably should have told Kid to go away when he was recruited.
- Riddled With Bullets: Okay, they're only
paint...but he has to clean himself with his tongue and paws. Ick.
- Eaten By A Giant Plant: Guess those camoflage
modes the Destrons have really work!
- Begging For Mercy: Please, Mr. Guiledart, don't
blow me to tiny bits!
- Physical Training: And he can't even
complain about how hard it is to do pushups with his stubby forelegs, not
with Break and Corahda (!) also doing pushups in beast mode.
Good pictures of the third modes of the various BW Neo toys, and the manga
kicks into BW Neo as well. The picture to the right of this is a "Bambi vs
Godzilla" moment from the manga.
- Manga Summary: In the wake of the final battle,
Lioconvoy has survived and landed on a strange new planet. But the remains
of the old struggle cannot be left behind so easily....
- Third Modes - These are all pictures of the third modes of the BW Neo
toys. Not all of the BW Neo toys have three modes, although Dead End is the
only new mold not to have one.
- Compassbot - The winner of some contest or
other, this transforming compass seems to be designed with Microman in mind.
It'd make a good partner for Zobovor's "Penasor."
Beast Wars Neo toys kick in here, plus the end of the BWII manga. No new
Dinozone toys, but there's some pics of how to get their weapons out of their
bodies, something I'm told can be tricky. The image included here is of the
spacesuit-wearing chipmunks from the manga.
- Manga Summary: The final battle comes to a close, and
it's a typically Japanese bloody affair. Well, oily.
- The Death Of Megastorm: A page from the
manga. Galvatron mourns the death of his little brother.
- BWNeo Cybertron Toys: Way in the back at the
top are Stampy and Break, with the Razorclaw rename Rockcrusher in front of
them. Longrack dominates the upper left, and Corahda is at the bottom.
- BWNeo Destron Toys: I chopped off the
recolors. Front rank are Dead End and Guiledart, behind them are Sling and
the crown-wearing Sabreback.
- BWNeo Cybertrons Animated: Big Convoy
dominates the page. Then, from upper right clockwise are Corahda, Longrack,
Stampy, Break and Heinlad.
- BWNeo Destrons Animated: Magmatron
dominates the page. Clockwise from lower left are Sling, Dead End, Sabreback
and Guiledart. Takara is definitely emphasizing the new molds over the
- Color Gameboy Characters: Little
"SuperDeformed" characters from the new Color Gameboy fighter game for BW
(they show some screenshots, but they're not much to look at). Three of the
four blocks are split between BW and BWII (Convoy/Lioconvoy,
Megatron/Galvatron, Scuba/Cheetor), but the fourth has Megastorm and
Guiledart. Also available in the game is the BonBon contest winner, Star
Upper, who appeared in the manga as well.
- Fight!: SD Megatron versus SD Lioconvoy.
Most of the stuff in this issue related to Transformers has to do with the
Transmetals and Fuzors being brought into Japan. Just Quickstrike and
Silverbolt of the Fuzors, though, and those might be a mail-in. There's some
good Dinozone pics I might scan, though.
- Manga Summary: It's the final battle! Galvatron has
brought Nemesis to Gaea and is draining the entire planet of its life energy,
and only Lioconvoy and his crew are close enough to stop it!
- Nemesis: The artificial world-ship
belonging to Galvatron, as portrayed in the manga. I think they just
photocopied a cel from the animation, since the other time this appears in
the manga, it's drawn exactly the same, just a different size.
- Random Transformations: Dirge and Thrust
with limbs swapped, a Frankenstein-combination of Tonbotto and BigMos, and
alternate modes for Apache and Galvatron.
- Commemorative Coins: Collectable coins struck
in the image of the "new" characters for the movie, namely the U.S. Beast
- Dinozone Stuff
- Comparison of Beast Modes: This was the
large picture I couldn't scan from TV Magazine, but shrunk down to the point
I could fit it on the scanner plate. It has all the beast modes together to
show the scale of them.
- Giganodragon Transformation: The sequence
shows how to transform the very long Deatheater leader into robot mode.
Kinda like closing a zipper.
- Giganodragon to scale: A guy holds the
dragon mode to show how big it is.
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